In the Caucasus, DCAF works to meet the ongoing need to democratise public security provision and develop the capacity of democratic institutions, principally through needs assessment and capacity development programming. Most activities have been implemented in cooperation with parliaments, ministries, civil society, regional and international organisations.
Currently, DCAF activities focus mainly on human rights, parliamentary oversight, defence reform, law enforcement reform, ombuds institutions (at national and institutional levels), civil society organisations and ‘Building Integrity’ issues.
DCAF currently cooperates closely with the OSCE Office in Yerevan on democratic governance, law enforcement and defence reform issues.
Previously, DCAF has researched the ongoing capacity development needs of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia and provided relevant programming within the context of the Partnership Action Plan-Defence Institution Building (PAP-DIB) programme. Over the last years, each nation in the Caucasus has been the focus of DCAF cooperation with ODIHR on the issue of Human Rights in the Armed Forces.
Overall, past activities have been conducted in cooperation with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the United Nations Development Programme, the Commonwealth of Independent States Parliamentary Assembly, OSCE -ODIHR and OSCE national offices.